Let’s start taking a quick by-the-numbers look ahead to the NFC South’s Week 2 games with some help from ESPN Stats & Information.
Buccaneers at Giants
The Bucs snapped their 10-game losing streak with a victory against Carolina in the opener. But the Bucs still are looking for their first back-to-back wins since Weeks 3 and 4 last year. The Bucs have lost seven straight games against non-division opponents.
New York quarterback Eli Manning is 2-4 in his last six September starts.
Saints at Panthers
New Orleans has started 0-2 only once in the last 15 seasons. That was 2007, when the Saints started 0-4 and didn’t make the playoffs.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has two active streaks going. He’s thrown for 300 yards in an NFL-record eight straight games. He also has thrown a touchdown pass in 44 straight games, only three short of Johnny Unitas’ record.
The Panthers have lost their last four meetings with the Saints.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had career lows in rushing attempts (five) and rushing yards (4) in Week 1. I think it’s safe to guess the Panthers might try to run Newton a little more after seeing what Robert Griffin III did to the Saints on Sunday.
Broncos at Falcons
I think the Falcons better be prepared to see a lot of the no-huddle offense out of Peyton Manning and the Broncos. In Week 1, the Broncos scored 25 points on four drives while going without a huddle. On the three drives they didn’t huddle, the Broncos produced zero points.
I also think you’ll probably see a lot of three-receiver sets from the Falcons. In Week 1, Matt Ryan was 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) for 208 yards and three touchdowns when the Falcons had three receivers on the field.
Atlanta’s Julio Jones has at least one receiving touchdown in each of his last five games. That’s the NFL’s longest active streak.